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Near Uniontown in Fayette County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Searight’s Tollhouse

 
 
Searight's Tollhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 11, 2006
1. Searight's Tollhouse Marker
Inscription. Erected by Pennsylvania, 1835, to collect tolls on the old National Road. Administered by The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
 
Erected 1966 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. 39° 56.77′ N, 79° 47.566′ W. Marker is near Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in Fayette County. Marker is on National Pike (U.S. 40) west of Dearth Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in the Menallen area west of Uniontown. Marker is in this post office area: Uniontown PA 15401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Toll House (within shouting distance of this marker); America's First Iron Puddling Furnace
Searight's Tollhouse and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 11, 2006
2. Searight's Tollhouse and Marker
(approx. 2.7 miles away); National Road (approx. 3.9 miles away); George C. Marshall (approx. 4.5 miles away); Old West School House (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Uniontown.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced an earlier marker entitled "Toll House" reading, "One of the six original toll houses on the Cumberland or National Road. It was built by the State after the road was turned over to it by the U.S. in 1835. The road was completed through this section in 1817–18."
 
Also see . . .
1. Searight Toll House. (Submitted on April 16, 2006.)
2. Searight Tollhouse at America's Byways. (Submitted on April 18, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
3. Searight's Tollhouse - Behind the Marker. (Submitted on June 29, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Rates of Toll on the Cumberland Road image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 11, 2006
3. Rates of Toll on the Cumberland Road

4. Searights Toll House. (PDF) National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. (Submitted on June 28, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

5. The Old Pike. A History Of The National Road, With Incidents, Accidents, And Anecdotes Thereon. by Thomas B. Searight, 1894. Project Gutenberg. Searight's Toll House was named for local tavern keeper William Searight. Thomas Searight was his son. (Submitted on July 2, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Rates of Toll on the Cumberland Road in Pennsylvania
(from the list of tolls posted at the tollhouse)
Every score of sheep, 6¢
Every score of Hogs, 6¢
Every score of Cattle, 12¢
Every Horse and Rider, 4¢

Every led or drove Horse, Mule or Ass, 3¢
Every sled or sleigh drawn by
National Historic Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 11, 2006
4. National Historic Landmark Plaque
one horse or pair or oxen, 3¢
Every Dearborn, Sulky Chair or Chaise with one horse, 6¢
Every horse in addition, 3¢

Every Chariot, Coach, Coachee, Stage Phaeton or Chaise with two horses and four wheels, 12¢
Every Horse in addition, 3¢

Every other carriage of pleasure by whatever name it may be called, the same according to the number of wheels and horses drawing the same.

Every cart or wagon whose wheels do not exceed three inches in breadth, drawn by one horse or pair of oxen, 4¢
Every Horse in addition, 3¢

Every cart or wagon whose wheels exceed three inches and does not exceed four inches in breadth, for every horse or pair of oxen drawing the same, 4¢

Every cart or wagon whose wheels exceed four inches and do not exceed six inches in breadth for every horse or pair of oxen drawing the same, 3¢

Every cart or wagon whose wheels exceed six inches and do not exceed eight inches
Searight’s Tollhouse Sign image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 17, 2011
5. Searight’s Tollhouse Sign
in breadth, for every horse or pair of oxen drawing the same, 2¢

All Carts and wagons whose wheels exceed eight inches in breadth, FREE

Any person refusing or neglecting to pay the toll, the fine of, $3.00
    — Submitted April 16, 2006.

 
Categories. LandmarksRoads & Vehicles
 
Searight’s Tollhouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 26, 2005
6. Searight’s Tollhouse
Searight’s Tollhouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 26, 2005
7. Searight’s Tollhouse
Searight’s Tollhouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 26, 2005
8. Searight’s Tollhouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,872 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 16, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   5. submitted on April 18, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   6, 7, 8. submitted on June 28, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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